Report: Tottenham target Axel Witsel available in January for much less than previous asking price

The Belgian international has been linked with a move to AC Milan this week.

As deadline day approached this summer Tottenham Hotspur found themselves linked with a host of midfielders. It had become clear that they would not be getting their hands on Southampton midfielder Victor Wanyama so attention was turned elsewhere.

They began to look at Zenit St Petersburg midfielder Axel Witsel.

The Telegraph reported claiming Spurs were considering a move for the Belgian powerhouse. Then reports in Italy, from Calcio Mercato, went on to suggest Tottenham had bid €26 million (£18.9 million) for the player – which would have rightly got Tottenham fans excited.

In the end Zenit put an end to the story. They told TACC that Witsel was for sale only at the price of his release clause - a whopping £72.7 million.

Now however reports in Italy are suggesting that Tottenham are still keen and that the absurd fee is off the table.

Sport Mediaset claims that Spurs remain keen on the player, with AC Milan also hot on his heels.

The Belgian has struggled for his best form this season and Zenit do not want to risk him running into the final year of his contract. Therefore they are said to be open to the idea of selling the player, with a fee much less than £72.7 million.

Milan are set to make a move for the player in November - with the hope of first taking him on loan for the rest of the season before completing a permanent deal.

If true, Tottenham should keep an eye on developments. If Witsel truly is available at a cut-price they must surely be considering a swoop for the player.

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